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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is full of history, creativity, culture and architectural beauty – it’s an absolute must-visit for someone living in or visiting the UK. The moment you arrive in the city, the natural landscape, the castle and the beauty of the buildings makes it immediately clear why this city is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Whether you’re spending one day in the city, or staying for two weeks, there are certain things in Edinburgh that you shouldn’t miss – be sure to check these off your to-do list.
1. Arthur’s Seat – Often cited as one as the best things to do in Edinburgh (pictured above), Arthur’s Seat is a hill in the centre of Edinburgh that has breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding Scottish landscape. One for more agile explorers, Arthur’s Seat is a steep. half an hour climb, so make sure you have comfy shoes and a good coat as it can get pretty windy! The effort is more than worth it and many believe a trip to Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without this very special climb.
2. Edinburgh Castle – Sitting proudly in the middle of the old town, Edinburgh Castle is an imposing and beautiful feature of the city. The site itself has a wealth of history, believed to have been occupied since 900BC and the castle has been a royal residence since 1018. There is so much to see and do here; you can learn about the rich history with an audio guide, complete the Castle Explorer quiz with the kids or witness the 1 o’clock gun exhibition.
3. Hop-on Hop-off Bus – A failsafe way to get your bearings in a new city, see all the best sights and spot areas you want to explore. Once you’ve seen everything, a hop-on hop-off bus ticket becomes a free way travel to and from different parts of the city. If you only have one day to visit Edinburgh, this handy package leaving from London includes your train travel, entrance to the castle and an open top bus tour!
4. Royal Yacht Britannia – Looking out on to the Leith waterfront, the incredible vessel that served the Royal Family for over 44 years now welcomes members of the public who want to follow in the footsteps of royalty. The boat in which Charles and Diana took their honeymoon, the ship was so special to Her Majesty The Queen. she actually shed tears when the ship was decommisioned in 2004. With lavish state apartments and no less than 5 decks, the Royal Yacht Britannia is another must-do on the Edinburgh list.
5. Edinburgh Gin Distillery – If gin is your thing, then a visit to the Edinburgh Gin Distillery is the perfect activity for a cold or rainy afternoon. The distillery runs tours led by guides filled with funny tales of the gin’s colourful history and, depending on which tour you choose, taste some incredible gin or take some home to enjoy later!
6. Eat Walk Edinburgh – If you’re a foodie visiting Edinburgh, then the Eat Walk will be right up your street. Visiting excellent restaurants, bars and shop, you’ll get to know Edinburgh on the way around, as well as sampling delicious tasting plates of some of the best food the city has to offer.
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